Volume 39 l September 2019


Weekly eConnection
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Annual Meeting Special Edition
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Central Pinellas Chamber Upcoming Events
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10/3 - Coffee An' Networking SPC - 7:30a to 9:00a
10/30 - Annual Business Showcase - 4:00p - 7:30p  
Annual Meeting Special edition

More than 130 business and community representatives were on hand Friday for the Chamber’s 67 th Annual Meeting & Awards Breakfast. Chairman Sean Tobe of Brown & Brown of FL presided over the program at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort.
The event’s success is in large part thanks to the support of our Presenting Sponsors Regions Bank, Senior Home Care/Be a Santa to a Senior, National Aviation Academy, Pinellas Technical College and and Sheraton Sand Key Resort. And by our Marketing Partners Largo Medical Center, Ace Photography, Vernon Sales Promotion, Paula Clair Smith/Colliers International and Serenity Gardens Funeral Home.
Thank you to our Passport Sponsor:
Interested in being a Passport Sponsor at the October Business Showcase? Reach out to Kelvin or Tom at the Chamber: 727.584.2321 or Events@centralchamber.biz
Chamber Organization Awards

At last week’s Annual Meeting, Chamber President Tom Morrissette had the honor to present awards to those who go above and beyond in the call to Chamber service. They are, from left:

Committee Chairman of the Year - Lana Walsh, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, Women’s Leadership Committee.
Chamber Director of the Year – Melody Hunter, Charles Rutenberg Realty
Chamber Business of the Year – Piper Fire Protection represented by its president/CEO, Chris Johnson
Chamber President’s Award – Nate Cocco, State Farm Team Cocco

Continue Scrolling down to see our Chamber Community Award Winners.
Coffee An' Networking, October 3rd
The Chamber's next Coffee An' Networking event is scheduled for Thursday, the 3rd of October at St. Petersburg College - Workforce Institute. Start your morning of great with a cup of coffee and some Networking! Did we mention that it's free for our members? We'll see you there ! You may register below.
Thank you to our host, coffee sponsor and business sponsors for making this networking event possible!
Chamber Community Awards

Outgoing Chamber Chairman Sean Tobe’s presentation of the organization’s esteemed Community Awards was the grand finale of last week’s Annual Meeting festivities. The honorees are:
Silver Hammer Award – $18.5 million renovation/new construction at Pinellas Technical College-Clearwater accepted by its Director Jake Prokop.
Mac Norcross Small Businessperson of the Year – Shane Wood, President/General Manager, McGill Plumbing
2019 Citizen of the Year – Margaret Coupe, for her many contributions promoting the arts and the Central Park Performing Arts Center.
Ribbon Cutting Rehash
Congratulations to the following businesses on their recent celebrations!
 
If you couldn’t attend, here’s a quick rundown on your Chamber's recent Ribbon Cuttings.  Click here  to view our monthly calendar to make sure you’re a part of the next ribbon cutting.
All Access CBD
Congratulations to All Access CBD on opening their new location off of Ulmerton Rd. All Access CBD has their own lab to create their own products which they have thrid party tested. Stop in with all your questions.

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings
National Molding
POSTPONED to October 23rd at 11am. Join us and fellow Chamber members in celebration at the Grand opening Ribbon Cutting for National Molding Duraflex Division! Refreshments will be provided. It's great to belong! 
 
First Citizens Bank
Please join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of First Citizens Bank! Refreshments will be provided and it's a great opportunity for networking.
10/11/2019 at 5pm.

StretchLab Largo
Please join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of StretchLab Largo! Take a look around their facility and see all they have to offer. Refreshments will be provided and it's a great opportunity for networking.
10/11/2019 at 5pm.

We’re about Value!

A new Chamber program year is upon us! And we’ll be continuing to tout our five “value” principles and how each relates to being part of the organization.
            Value of Investment - The Chamber brings members valuable cost-savings resources that directly impact their bottom line. From member-to-member discounts to affinity partnerships - all are designed to lower the cost of doing business.
            Value of Information – The Chamber brings members unique resources. Roundtable discussions, workshops, advocacy on local and state issues, contacts, reference to other businesses, expertise, etc. Information that is timely and relevant to the success of all business operations.
            Value of Influence – The Chamber represents the interests of its members and communities. Whether at the local, state or federal level, it is the advocate on all issues of importance to business.
            Value of Interaction – The Chamber provides its members opportunity. People want to do business with people they know, like and trust. Networking events, B2B programs, and partnerships foster relationships that encourage leads, referrals and more business for our members.
            Value of Impact – The Chamber is one of the few, if not the only, organization that can impact the three main pillars in its service area – government, citizens, and businesses. We deliver results that directly benefit our members.
If you would like to assist in volunteering on a committee to help influence these values, just give us a call. It’s another sure way to build business connections. It really is great to belong!
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Contact Kelvin at the Chamber, 727.584.2321 or events@centralchamber.biz